Give Me the Simple Life: The Happiest People


Another study of our fascinating species!

Negative emotions have been shown to have a detrimental effect on the body. A recent study reported in the Washington Post took an upside down look at that assumption: was it possible that positive emotions — feeling happy, satisfied, energized about life — could have a good effect? Even to the point where it prolonged a person’s life?

Happily, yes!

The study said that there’s growing evidence that optimistic people not only tend to live longer, but may reap physical benefits as well, allowing them to continue working, volunteering, participating in activities or doing whatever they want to do.

Don’t you love it when studies confirm, through years of painstaking research and careful statistics, what Scripture has already told us?

“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22).

P.S. The winner of last week’s Give Me the Simple Life giveaway is MARY ELLEN ASHENFEDER! Email to claim your prize.

Source: The Washington Post



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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. I have been a fan of your books for quite some time. Yesterday I posted a review of your book, The Calling on my blog,

    Regarding your post, I’ve found that it is difficult to be around negative people and that I’m naturally attracted to people who are optimistic. It’s no surprise to me that optimistic people would live longer. Thanks for confirming it for us!

  2. Cindi Altman says:

    This really caught my attention:

    “Don’t you love it when studies confirm, through years of painstaking research and careful statistics, what Scripture has already told us?”

    I L♥ve it when that happens.

  3. Vera Godley says:

    Spot on right about positive living giving energy and I believe, too, probably enhances our likelihood of living healthy longer.